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... that the waves were so big that we couldn't get out of them. They came one after the other and it was really hard for us to swim in. Then a life guard and two junior life guards came on a seedoo and we got on the back of it and got pulled in to the shore. Kallie's surfboard had beached on the shoreline, so a nice man went and got it for us. After that we went to eat and laid low for the rest of the ...
... out at noon. We visited the Kilauea Lighthouse and the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. We saw albatross, red-footed boobies, red and white-tailed Tropicbirds, Great Frigate birds, the Nene (Hawaiian Goose), and wedge-tailed shearwaters. We watched a video about the lighthouse and learned some pretty neat stuff.
Afterwards, we hopped back into the SUV for a short drive to do some browsing through the local stores down the same street. We continued the ...
... We also learned these guys did the Nepali Coast hike (11.2 miles along the cliffs). Very adventuresome kids. Our guides took us to the first launching tower, where the young folks graciously allowed us to go up the tower first. We didn't catch on that that meant we were the first to jump. Lesson learned!!
The first zip line was a short one just to get our confidence up. Sheila (damn her) got up on the platform and ...
... they are firm believers in leaving the land in a natural state. We did see, only because the pilot pointed it out, their homestead and farm. It is almost hidden on a ridge. There is also a U.S. Navy missile tracking site on the coast that is not so well hidden. Access to the beaches can only be gained by boat. Of note, all beaches in the state are public.
I mentioned the lava flows to the coast. For those of ...
Kauai is not kidding around.
After risking our lives on land, it was time to sink beneath the sea. The shore dive on the south shore was the only diving available in April, because the crazy swells in the north this time of the year make diving too dangerous. I'd never done a shore dive, and I was excited about it. A shore dive means that you enter the water from the shore rather than by boat. This is possible because the reef is very close to the shore.